Barcaldine Castle 'The Black Castle'

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Overview

A Memorable Experience

A warm welcome awaits you in the beautiful surroundings of Argyll’s only ancient castle, with bed and breakfast facilities. Built in 1609 by “Black” Duncan Campbell and restored in 1897 by Sir Duncan Campbell 3rd Baronet of Barcaldine, Barcaldine Castle offers something truly beautiful. 

The luxury bed & breakfast in the historic ‘Black Castle’ is set on the peaceful shores of Loch Creran on the West Coast of Scotland, near Oban. Barcaldine Castle is one of only a few ancient castles open to guests on the Scottish mainland. Set against breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of Glencoe, the castle is truly a unique place to stay.

The perfect luxury bed & breakfast for couples seeking a romantic break in the Scottish countryside.

What makes a stay at Barcaldine Castle 'The Black Castle' unique?

Barcaldine Castle is unique in so many ways, it boasts amazing views and so much history. They offer a fantastic Afternoon Tea with home baking and fresh local produce. You can sit in the comfort of the Great Hall or Parlour by the fireplaces or if it's nice outside, in their gardens - they have a beautiful patio with tables and chairs. The awning even has heating and lighting!

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Barcaldine Castle 'The Black Castle'?

Barcaldine Castle has 6 bedrooms. All rooms boast periodic furniture and are completely different. 5 of the castle bedrooms are suitable for 2 guests and 1 of the rooms can sleep 3 guests. 

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Oban area?

Oban is well known as the gateway to the isles, a boat trip to the islands is a must! They also have the Oban Distillery where you can tour and even taste the famous whiskey!

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Although Barcaldine Castle doesn't have a restaurant they do serve breakfast each morning and can offer afternoon tea's.

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This is just one of those places you fall in love with as soon as pull up outside. The castle stands alone with a great view of Loch Creran in the background. Even as we unloaded our luggage we could see people who were driving by (on a very quiet road) stopping to admire it. We were greated very quickly by Abbie & Daniel, given an intro to the castle and shown to our room. We stayed in the Lochnell Room on the top floor. The room (more of a suite) was very spacious, very classy decor and spotless. The four poster bed was the main feature in the room but you can't forget the great view of the loch out of the bedroom window. The castle is a B&B so we ate out each evening, visiting Oban on each occasion which is about a 20 min drive away. Upon returning we found the fire burning in the main ballroom and a variety of glasses & ice left to suit your own supplied drinks. Breakfast was fabulous, a great choice, particularly for me being Gluten Free - Abbie showed a great understanding and interest in how they could supply a better choice of gluten free food (although the choice is already great). We loved exploring the castle, the hidden doorways, passage ways and all the historical info scattered about the place. We also took a nice walk from the castle to the Isle of Eriska which takes just a couple of hours and on one of the days we took a day trip to Mull via the ferry from Oban (Abbie kindly phoned ahead and checked the ferries were running due to high winds). We really enjoyed our 3 nights here and were very sad to leave. We'd recommend this place to everyone, not just for the castle but also the great hospitality shown by Abbie and Daniel

StevenR

We stayed in the Caithness room for one night, and I didn't want to leave. The castle is beautiful, and wait until you see the Great Hall. My husband and I sat by the fire for hours the day we arrived, and it was like the castle was all ours! Abbie and Daniel are wonderful hosts. Daniel even drove us to a local restaurant so we could enjoy both drinks with our dinner! We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Scotland. Barcaldine Castle allowed me to live a fairytale for a night. I'll never forget my stay there.

TracieO

We had the pleasure of spending 3 nights with Abbie and Daniel at Barcaldine Castle. The castle and our hosts were both incredibly welcoming, kind and comfortable. The location is stunning and just a few minutes drive to Oban. The castle is still spectacular, however the real treat were Abbie and Daniel. Amazing hosts with nothing but kindness and hospitality. Highly recommended.

RajaZ

From the ambiance to the accommodations, this castle is the ultimate experience in Scotland. The hosts are lovely people and they give you all you ask in assistance. The castle grounds are amazing for exploration. The locale is centralized and perfect for a home base to explore western Scotland.

KD

We spent a lovely time at Barcadline Castle. Beautiful rooms, a very nice atmosphere. Abby is also a lovely guest ! In the evening, she prepared for us a excellent Cranachan (Scottish desert). And the breakfast, waow !! And we found the secret stairs. but didn't meet the ghost....

Ann6

Its a fantastic place, very historical and the renovation of the castle is very tasteful and with respect of the story. There was everything to think of, very kind service and locally organic snacks and shampoo like facilities. Definitely a recommendation from us!

Ian BachN

A bit off the beaten track but worth the effort. Hosts were amazing. You get the run of the great hall (along with the other guests). Delicious breakfast and perhaps the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in.

AmyW

Our hosts, Ronnie and Lizzie were extremely hospitable and helpful. The castle accommodation was luxurious, unusual and interesting. Look out for the secret passages the dungeon and the resident ghost!

RichardC

Just perfect, not a detail wrong, definitely a 5 STAR.

JimB
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Facilities & information

Summary

Breakfast included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Child friendly

4 Star Official Rating

Historic property

Facilities

Free broadband access (wifi)

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Bars, Cafes & Other

Bathroom & Laundry

Woodland walks

Civil Licences

Four Poster Beds

Television

Luggage storage

Wedding Receptions, Civil Licenses

Linen included

Towels included

Room Service & Food/Drink

Open log fire

Recreations

Recommended walks

Gardens

Golf course (walking distance)

Extra info

Open Times: Closed November & February
Star Rating: 4
Vendor Accreditation: VisitScotland 4 Star Gold Award
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Number of rooms: 6

Arrival information & directions

Address: Benderloch, Oban, Argyll & Bute, ObanPA37 1SA, United Kingdom

Barcaldine Castle lies in the heart of the west coast of Scotland in Argyll, just 9 miles north of Oban, off the A828 Oban to Fort William road on the south shore of Loch Creran.

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